In the last 36 hours there have been two big arrivals at Celtic Park, with the Faithful waiting patiently on the third, and arguably most exciting one of all!
The first two are off the field appointments, with Hoops legend Roy Aitken returning to the club he played 672 times for in a career spanning 14 years, to take up a role as Ambassador for the club.
Roy will be joining fellow Ambassadors, captain of the ‘men that stopped the ten‘ Tom Boyd, ex player and manager Davie Hay, and the one and only Cesar, the great Billy McNeill.
‘The Bear’ played a major role for Celtic during the seventies and eighties, his tenacity and ‘never say die‘ attitude made the big fella a real fans favourite. It could be argued it was these qualities that rubbed off on his team mates, during the iconic Centenary season, where we won so many game late on.
For us older fans, it’ll be great to see him in and around the club again.
Joining him in Paradise is another fans favourite, Shaun Maloney, who take up a coaching role with the under 20’s. Shaun, like Roy, came through the ranks at Celtic Park, making his debut as a 17 year-old at Ibrox under Martin O’Neill, playing over 200 games for the Hoops in two separate spells at the club.
With Roy and Shaun now back in the fold, all we need is the return of a third ‘prodigal son‘, Paddy Roberts….